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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharp(noun)

    a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

  2. sharp(adj)

    a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

  3. crisp, sharp(adj)

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined

    "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"

  4. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike(adj)

    ending in a sharp point

  5. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

  6. astute, sharp, shrewd(adj)

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"

  7. sharp, sharp-worded, tart(adj)


    "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark"

  8. shrill, sharp(adj)

    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

    "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety"

  9. abrupt, precipitous, sharp(adj)

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"

  10. sharp(adj)

    keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

    "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"

  11. sharp(adj)

    having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing

    "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"

  12. sharp(adj)

    (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone

    "C sharp"

  13. sharp(adj)

    very sudden and in great amount or degree

    "a sharp drop in the stock market"

  14. sharp(adverb)

    quick and forceful

    "a sharp blow"

  15. sharply, sharp, acutely(adverb)

    changing suddenly in direction and degree

    "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here"; "the visor was acutely peaked"; "her shoes had acutely pointed toes"


  1. sharp(Noun)

    The symbol u266F, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.

  2. sharp(Noun)

    A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol u266F.

  3. sharp(Noun)

    A note that is sharp in a particular key.

    The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps.

  4. sharp(Noun)

    The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.

    Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in Cu266F minor (C sharp minor.)

  5. sharp(Noun)

    Something which is sharp.

    Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.

  6. sharp(Noun)

    A hypodermic syringe.

  7. sharp(Noun)

    A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.

  8. sharp(Noun)

    A dishonest person; a cheater.

    The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.

  9. sharp(Verb)

    To raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp.

    That new musician must be tone deaf: he sharped half the notes of the song!

  10. sharp(Adverb)


    I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.

  11. sharp(Adverb)

    In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.

    I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.

  12. sharp(Adjective)

    Able to cut easily.

    I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.

  13. sharp(Adjective)


    My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.

  14. sharp(Adjective)

    Able to pierce easily; pointed.

    Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.

  15. sharp(Adjective)

    Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol u266F after the name of the note).

  16. sharp(Adjective)

    Higher in pitch than required.

    The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.

  17. sharp(Adjective)

    Having an intense, acrid flavour.

    Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.

  18. sharp(Adjective)

    sudden and intense.

    A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.

  19. sharp(Adjective)

    Illegal or dishonest.

    Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.

  20. sharp(Adjective)

    Exact, precise, accurate; keen.

    You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.

  21. sharp(Adjective)

    Offensive, critical, or acrimonious, as sharp criticism.

    When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.

  22. sharp(Adjective)

    Stylish or attractive.

    You look so sharp in that tuxedo!

  23. sharp(Adjective)

    Observant; alert; acute.

    Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!

  24. sharp(Adjective)

    Forming a small angle; forming an angle of less than ninety degrees.

    Drive down Main for three quarters of a mile, then make a sharp right turn onto Pine.

  25. sharp(Adjective)

    Said of as extreme a value as possible.

    Sure, any planar graph can be five-colored. But that result is not sharp: in fact, any planar graph can be four-colored. That is sharp: the same can't be said for any lower number.

  26. Origin: From scearp, from skarpaz (cf. West Frisian skerp, Dutch scherp, German scharf), from (s)kerb(h) (cf. Irish cearb 'keen; cutting', Latin aacerbus 'tart, bitter', Tocharian B kärpye 'rough', Latvian skârbs 'sharp, rough', Russian 'notch', Albanian tharbët 'sour'), from *(s)ker- 'to cut'. More at shear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sharp

    having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen

  2. Sharp

    terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features

  3. Sharp

    affecting the sense as if pointed or cutting, keen, penetrating, acute: to the taste or smell, pungent, acid, sour, as ammonia has a sharp taste and odor; to the hearing, piercing, shrill, as a sharp sound or voice; to the eye, instantaneously brilliant, dazzling, as a sharp flash

  4. Sharp

    high in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone

  5. Sharp

    raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C/), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C

  6. Sharp

    so high as to be out of tune, or above true pitch; as, the tone is sharp; that instrument is sharp. Opposed in all these senses to flat

  7. Sharp

    very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air

  8. Sharp

    cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke

  9. Sharp

    of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment

  10. Sharp

    eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite

  11. Sharp

    fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous

  12. Sharp

    keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer

  13. Sharp

    composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand

  14. Sharp

    steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve

  15. Sharp

    uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated

  16. Sharp(adverb)

    to a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply

  17. Sharp(adverb)

    precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o'clock sharp

  18. Sharp(noun)

    a sharp tool or weapon

  19. Sharp(noun)

    the character [/] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch

  20. Sharp(noun)

    a sharp tone or note

  21. Sharp(noun)

    a portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly

  22. Sharp(noun)

    a sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps

  23. Sharp(noun)

    same as Middlings, 1

  24. Sharp(noun)

    an expert

  25. Sharp(verb)

    to sharpen

  26. Sharp(verb)

    to raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone

  27. Sharp(verb)

    to play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper

  28. Sharp(verb)

    to sing above the proper pitch


  1. Sharp

    In music, sharp, dièse, or diesis means higher in pitch and the sharp symbol raises a note by a half tone. Intonation may be flat, sharp, or both, successively or simultaneously. More specifically, in musical notation, sharp means "higher in pitch by a semitone," and has an associated symbol, which may be found in key signatures or as an accidental, as may flats. Under twelve-tone equal temperament, B sharp, for instance, sounds the same as, or is enharmonically equivalent to, C natural, and E sharp is enharmonically equivalent to F natural. In other tuning systems, such enharmonic equivalences in general do not exist. To allow extended just intonation, composer Ben Johnston uses a sharp to indicate a note is raised 70.6 cents, or a flat to indicate a note is lowered 70.6 cents. In tuning, sharp can also mean "slightly higher in pitch". If two simultaneous notes are slightly out of tune, the higher-pitched one is said to be sharp with respect to the other. Furthermore, the verb sharpen means "raise the frequency of a note, typically by a small musical interval".

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sharp

    Prompt and attentive.--Be sharp! Make haste.--Look sharp! Lose no time. Also, an old term for a sword.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sharp

    Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous. “In sharp contest of battle.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sharp' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2315

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sharp' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3415

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sharp' in Adjectives Frequency: #306

How to pronounce sharp?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharp in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sharp in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Saba:

    Simplicity makes it sharp.

  2. Douglas William Jerrold:

    The sharp employ the sharp.

  3. Leslie Miklosy:

    The edges of my world are sharp, and they cut.

  4. Menander:

    The sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind.

  5. The State-Boston Retirement System:

    The only plausible explanation for the sharp break.

Images & Illustrations of sharp

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Translations for sharp

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  • حادArabic
  • башлы, аҡыллы, зирәк, үткерBashkir
  • во́стрыBelarusian
  • остърBulgarian
  • esmolatCatalan, Valencian
  • bystrý, ostrý, -is, přesný, s křížkem, křížek, přesněCzech
  • spids, skarpDanish
  • scharf, -is, stechend, hoch, spitz, scharfsinning, ErhöhungszeichenGerman
  • απατεώνας, κοφτερός, έντονος, αψύς, οξύνους, έξυπνος, δίεση, οξύς, αιχμηρός, οξυδερκής, ακριβώςGreek
  • akra, intensa, diesa, inteligenta, saĝa, diesoEsperanto
  • listo, afilado, agudo, filoso, agrio, sostenido, certero, en puntoSpanish
  • تیز, تند, تیزهوشPersian
  • huijari, tyylikäs, tarkka, kirpeä, vihlova, -is, terävä, kipakka, täsmällinen, ylävireinen, korotettu, korotusmerkki, pistävä, terävä-älyinen, teräesine, lurjus, korkea, tasanFinnish
  • hvassurFaroese
  • acéré, intense, âcre, âpre, coupant, vif, aigu, pointu, dièse, affilé, chic, affuté, effilé, tranchant, pile, net, serré, classe, mordant, acerbe, précisFrench
  • géarIrish
  • searbh, geur, sgaiteach, biorach, deas, guineach, rinn-gheurScottish Gaelic
  • तेज़Hindi
  • élesHungarian
  • սուր, սրամիտArmenian
  • tajamIndonesian
  • akutaIdo
  • intenso, acre, tagliente, esatto, attento, preciso, forte, losco, diesis, diesare, appuntito, intelligente, affilato, acutoItalian
  • חַדHebrew
  • するどい, シャープJapanese
  • მახვილი, დიეზიGeorgian
  • 날카로운Korean
  • تیژKurdish
  • acer, acutus, acriLatin
  • ass, asaLatvian
  • остарMacedonian
  • puntig, scherpzinnig, kruis, scherp, straf, gepunt, hoog, bijtend, stekend, snerend, acuut, sterkDutch
  • skarp, smart, -iss, spissNorwegian
  • deeníNavajo, Navaho
  • agusatOccitan
  • ostryPolish
  • inteligente, ponta, aguçado, agudo, pontudo, injusto, esperto, afiado, pontiagudo, fechado, velhaco, atento, trapaceiro, acre, sustenido, estiloso, em pontoPortuguese
  • ascuțit, diezRomanian
  • тёмный, о́стрый, шулер, смышлёный, сомни́тельный, е́дкий, -дие́з, сообрази́тельный, сметли́вый, ре́зкий, диез, то́чный, остроу́мный, ровноRussian
  • оштар, oštar, povisilicaSerbo-Croatian
  • ostrýSlovak
  • osterSlovene
  • skarp, korsförtecken, -iss, klyftig, vass, skarpsinnigSwedish
  • கூரானTamil
  • పదునైనTelugu
  • คมThai
  • diyez, keskin, tiz, sivriTurkish
  • гострийUkrainian
  • nhọnVietnamese
  • côpant, awijhîWalloon

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